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Hazardous Areas

Due to our expertise within Industrial market sectors serviced over many years we have developed specialist skills and experience in EICA projects within a variety of hazardous areas.

Our specialist knowledge combined with stringent and robust Health, Safety & Environmental procedures ensure that all hazardous area works is completed with the paramount safety of all involved.

Explosive Areas - All Organisations must classify areas where hazardous explosive atmospheres may occur into distinct zones. The classification given to a particular zone, and its size and location, depends on the likelihood of an explosive atmosphere occurring and its persistence if it does. Areas classified into zones (0, 1, 2 for gas-vapor-mist and 20, 21, 22 for dust) must be protected from effective sources of ignition.

The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) provide a mandatory requirement to prove the competency of personnel undertaking work within potentially hazardous environments. These legal requirements brought about a competency scheme (CompEx) that assesses both the theoretical knowledge and practical competency of individuals working in these environments. JRP can supply CompEx trained labour resources (Ex 01, 02, 03, 04, 09, 10) for the preparation & installation, maintenance and inspection of apparatus within potentially explosive environments.

Whether undertaking specialist installation, refurbishment or maintenance works within explosive areas, JRP can provide a trained and skilled labour force to effectively and safely plan, design, manage and complete the works, ensuring all appropriate equipment is installed meeting the requirements of current legislation whilst ensuring the greatest care and attention is observed at all times.

Confined Spaces - Dangers can arise in confined spaces due to a lack of oxygen. Some hazardous conditions may already be present in the confined space, however, some may arise through the work being carried out, or because of leakage / seepage from connected sources.

Before any work can be carried out, suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks are required under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. For work in confined spaces this means identifying the hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take. In most cases the assessment includes:

  • The task
  • The working environment
  • Working materials and tools
  • The suitability of those carrying out the task
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue

Should an assessment identify risks of serious injury from work in confined spaces, the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 apply and a safe system of work must be in place with adequate emergency arrangements defined before any work starts.

JRP are skilled at assessing, planning, managing and undertaking specialist work within confined spaces and can prove competency and training (including escape and full breathing apparatus) to appropriate standards.

We are proud to have been involved in some prestigious contracts to include works within the Thames Water London Ring Main on many of the subterranean Shafts & Tunnels.